Hooray, summer is here at last! It is time to escape to your favorite water spot with a bag packed with some good reading material and a towel. Whether your swimming spot is a beach, a bay, a lake or a pool, it's always important to pack beach snacks as well! Is it just me, or does everyone else get hungry after a bracing dip into the ocean?
Snacks at the beach must be practical, there is not a lot of sand free preparation space. Foods that melt or leave a mess on the hands and face are best left at home. Don't load up on foods that give you a food baby (aka bloating) or attract those always hungry, vulture-like seagulls.
So what's in my bag? Fruits are the best! Fruit is light, hydrating and pretty sexy when eaten with a bit of dramatic flair. Plus, fruit will not make you feel bloated. My top 5 fruits for the beach are watermelon, sliced apples, pineapple, grapes and pears. They are all super refreshing when packed in a cooler with ice.
If you need something on the salty side, choose nuts over chips. Nuts are not nearly as greasy and they pack a protein punch that will make you feel full.
Don't forget to pack a water bottle and please, no no no to full course meals! It's the beach, I mean really....